The results of a new study totally cut across the world-famous "american dream". It reveals that more than 8 million Americans seriously consider suicide each year.
The new SAMHSA report is based on a survey of 46,190 people aged 18 and older. In the past, the question about suicide had only been asked of people who reported major depression but in 2008 it was added to all questionnaires.
_ People 18 to 25 years old were far more likely to have seriously considered suicide in the previous year (6.7 percent) than those 26 to 49 (3.9 percent).
_ Just 2.3 percent seriously considered suicide among those 50 or older.
_ Among people with a substance abuse disorder, 11 percent had considered suicide, compared to 3 percent for people without such disorders.
In fact, about 32,000 suicides occur in the United States each year, and the new study just indicates that many more give the idea serious thought, according to The Associated Press.
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